A position inside the top-eight is on the line this Friday night as the Rabbitohs face off against the Tigers in Sydney.
Souths put the Dogs to the sword last week while the Tigers conceded a try in the final eight minutes to go down to the Panthers in a gripping encounter.
Both teams are locked on four wins each and a victory on Friday night will go a long way to securing a finals berth as the top-eight race begins to tighten.
Rabbitohs Form & Team News
The Bunnies were back to their brilliant best against the Bulldogs last week, scoring a try within the opening three minutes before crossing the line a further three times to record a comfortable 26-10 win. It was Alex Johnston who again was the architect, scoring the first try to extend his try scoring run to five-straight games.
Centre Braidon Burns is out due to a season-ending knee injury, while Bayley Sironen returns from a minor back complaint on the bench.
The South Sydney Rabbtiohs team for Friday night can be found below:
1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. Campbell Graham 4. James Roberts 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su'A 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cameron Murray 14. Liam Knight 15. Bayley Sironen 16. Patrick Mago 17. Hame Sele 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Steven Marsters 20. Troy Dargan 21. Corey Allan
Tigers Form & Team News
The Tigers will view last week's game against the Panthers as an opportunity lost after leading into the halftime break before conceding two second half tries to lose it. As a consequence, Wests are only inside the top-eight on points difference and could slip as low as 12th if results go against them.
Michael Chee-Kam moves to centre for the suspended Joey Leilua with Chris Lawrence called up on the bench. Moses Mbye, Luciano Leilua and Sam McIntyre have all been named and are expected to play.
The Wests Tigers team for Friday night can be found below:
1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Michael Chee-Kam 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Matt Eisenhuth 14. Elijah Taylor 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Chris Lawrence 18. Benji Marshall 19. Reece Hoffman 20. Billy Walters 21. Russell Packer
Rabbioths vs Tigers Head to Head
Souths have the slight edge over the Tigers in recent times, winning three of the last five encounters. The Bunnies have won two of the last three matches between the sides by a combined margin of 57 points.
Rabbioths vs Tigers Betting Odds
Souths are the $1.54 favourites heading into Friday night with the Tigers, with Wests the $2.50 outsiders.
The Tigers get a +4.5 head start in the match line betting.
Rabbioths vs Tigers Match Up
The battle between Damien Cook and Harry Grant will decide this match.
Cook was strong last week, picking up two Dally M Medal
votes, while Grant has taken the game by storm since arriving at the Tigers on a loan deal from Melbourne and could be in line for State of Origin
honours in November.
Rabbioths vs Tigers Key Stats
- Alex Johnston has scored a try in his last five matches
- The home team has won 11 of the last 12 matches that South Sydney has competed in
- South Sydney has covered the line in their last three matches at Bankwest Stadium